The JHL public services union has called for more action to tackle the gender pay gap, with increased funding and a legislative initiative like the one agreed recently in Iceland. The union says that shops stewards should have broader rights to access payroll data that could help monitor trends in the pay gap. It also proposes measures in schools to address the continuing problem of specific occupations dominated by one gender, something that is getting worse in some occupations according to JHL. It also wants to see increased parental leave specifically for men.
Union calls for more action and funding to tackle gender pay gap
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(January 2017) The government is supporting a bill that would require companies with 200+ employees to provide more transparency on pay so that workers can compare their pay levels and help tackle the gender pay gap. If the bill becomes law it will also require companies with more than 500 employees to regularly report on their pay structure to show that they are complying with equal pay rules. The gender pay in Germany is 21%, higher than the 16.5% average across the EU.
A group of 14 trade unions, including the FOA public services union, the BUPL and SL childcare and social worker unions and the cartel of health unions, has written to the government calling on it to take action to address the persistent gender pay gap. The unions identify the problem as one of labour market structure, with female-dominated work, particularly in health and social services, undervalued and paid less than occupations and sectors dominated by men. The unions argue that at the current pace it will take over 110 years to achieve equal pay. They say that, because this is a